Spitfire Mk IX Fighter. First flight: 1942 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Photos from the personal collection of Konstantinos Panitsidis


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Greek Spitfire took part in battles in the Middle East, Italy and the Balkans, while after the end of World War II, they also took part in the Civil War.

The Mk IX version was used after the war by the Hellenic Air Force. The pictured Spitfire "MJ 755" has joined in 1944 the 43rd Squadron of the RAF which then covered the landings in the South of France. It was used in the war against Italy, then it was handed over to the Hellenic Air Force in 1947. The Hellenic Air Force used the Spitfire Mk IX as a photo identifier which was properly modified and equipped with two cameras on the fuselage, used until 1953 when it was permanently withdrawn.


Spitfire Mk IX Fighter © Konstantinos Panitsidis

 

On July 5, 2007, at the Dhekelia Air Base (Air Force Museum), an event was held to restore the unique, well-preserved, Spitfire Mk IX with number MJ755 in working order.

 


THREE-VIEW DRAWING

Spitfire Mk IX © Konstantinos Panitsidis

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER
Supermarine
COUNTRY
England
TYPE
Fighter
CREW
1
POWER-PLANT
One Merlin 61 (66)
Power, h.p.
1 x 1.575
Thrust-to-weight ratio
-
DIMENSIONS
 
Length, m
9,640
Height, m
3,86
Wing span, m
11,227
Wing area m2
22,48
WEIGHT
 
Empty aircraft, kg
2.256
Normal take-off, kg
3.405
Maximum take-off, kg 3.351
Useful load, kg
386
PERFORMANCE
 
Maximum speed, km/h
642
Cruising speed, km/h
607
Range, km
700
Combat range, km
-
Rate of climb, m/min
1.390
Service ceiling, m
12.650
ARMAMENT
2 x 20 mm cannons with 280 rounds and four 7,7 mm cannons.

 


PHOTOS Spitfire Mk IX

 

Remanufactured Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (s/n MJ755), AFW 2021